The body produces sebum which is a fatty, oily substance that keeps our skin and hair healthy and soft. However, sebum can build up, collect dead skin cells, and create a blockage in our pores. That blockage shows up as acne or blemishes. It isn’t healthy to completely remove the sebum from our skin, but certain moisturizers can add to it, making it worse. This is why it is important to know how moisturizing oily skin can be done.
Sebum is secreted by our sebaceous glands. Those glands are scattered all over our bodies but they are more prevalent on the face, shoulders, upper back, and chest. It is possible for the sebaceous glands to overproduce and that is called hyperseborrhea, which is often the cause of acne or blemishes on the skin. A seemingly obvious solution might be to strip the skin of sebum altogether. However, your body produces it for a reason. So, when moisturizing oily skin, it is important to find a healthy balance. We don’t want to make our skin dryer, but we also don’t want to add unnecessary oils to the naturally-produced oil our skin already has. Luckily, finding this balance is possible.
Many moisturizers out there aim to replicate the effects of sebum and the best way to do that is with oil. There plenty of moisturizers that have healthy, natural ingredients but have an oil base. There are also moisturizers that have a water base to them. If you have oily skin, choose a moisturizer that has a water base instead of an oil base. Here is a bonus tip: look for water-based moisturizers with natural humectants like Manuka Honey. These natural humectants have the ability to lock in the hydration in your skin, keeping it moisturized without adding more oil to your skin.
Another thing to look for in a moisturizer is how natural it is. The more natural the moisturizer, the better. Non-comedogenic moisturizers or all-natural moisturizers have smaller molecules which will penetrate the skin better without building up or causing breakouts. It is important to learn about the ingredients in your moisturizer. Here is a crash course of what you should be avoiding if you have oily skin: avocado oil, olive oil, and coconut butter should all be avoided. These can all clog the pores and worsen breakouts.
Face serums are designed to nourish the skin using only natural ingredients. Face serums like DroxaDerm Ageless Serum use vitamins and minerals instead of oils to moisturize your skin and keep it hydrated. An added bonus to using face serums is that they don’t just hydrate the skin; they can also help with wrinkles and fine lines. Getting younger-looking skin, giving it that glow it always had, and nourishing your skin, are all things that face serums like DroxaDerm Ageless Serum can do.
A healthy diet, plenty of exercise, and getting your beauty rest are all great ways to help with the overproduction of sebum as well. Everyone should be making sure they drink enough water per day, eat right, and avoid touching their skin as much as possible. These things will not only help with sebum but help keep your skin looking great without adding any chemicals. Getting sleep is also just as important as drinking water and eating right. There’s a reason it’s called beauty sleep.
Some products out there are meant to remove the oil from your skin. Those products do exactly as they say, sometimes, too well. Sebum is produced by the body for a reason and getting rid of all of it will dry out your skin. Then, you end up falling into a trap of removing all of the oil from your skin with one product and then adding moisture with another. Don’t fall into that loop. Instead, use the tips above to help you find a healthy balance between oily and dry skin.